Colt Defender

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Colt pistols have long represented the gold standard in magazine-fed semi-automatic handguns. With a variety of models to choose from, Colt Pistols like the Colt Defender Semi Auto Pistols meet the needs and exceeds the highest expectations of the most demanding customers. The Colt Defender offers power and performance every time. Now available in 9mm and the classic .45 ACP, this package is an excellent choice for concealed carry. With Novak® sights and a Colt Upswept Beavertail Grip Safety, this pistol will provide an exceptional hold and quick target acquisition. The Colt Defender is an accurate and reliable workhorse able to withstand the rigors of everyday carry and numerous trips to the target range

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Colt Defender Specs

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2 Category

Technical Data


.45 Auto (.45 ACP)






24 oz

Barrel Length



6.75 Inches


5.5 Inches


1.3 Inches

Colt Defender Features

The Colt Defender is a steel-framed, semi-automatic pistol chambered in .45ACP and is a scaled-down version of the world-famous Colt 1911.  Its slide is shortened to match its 3 inch barrel and its frame is approximately one half of an inch shorter.  Its sights are windage-adjustable.

Colt Defender Ballistics

.45 Auto (.45 ACP) Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Colt Defender Capacity

The Colt Defender is chambered in .45ACP and accepts a 7-round single-stack detachable magazine.

Colt Defender Ergonomics

The Colt Defender copies all of the controls of its full-size inspiration and has a very similar feel in the hand.  Its shorter frame still often allows for a full-handed grip.  Its recoil spring is a bit heavier than the full-size 1911’s to make up for the reduction in slide mass.

Colt Defender Fit & Finish

The Colt Defender is available in a handful of color schemes and can have wood or synthetic grips.  Its action is smooth with a tight lockup, and its trigger is just as crisp as every other Colt 1911.
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Colt Defender Concealability

The Colt Defender measures 6.75 inches long and 5 inches tall allowing it to easily be concealed with the right holster and attire.  Though it’s smaller, the exposed hammer and the grip safety’s beavertail can cause some discomfort in certain positions.

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How much is a Colt Defender worth?

In 2024 a new or used Colt Defender value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Colt Defender and most handguns. The Price for a Colt Defender has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Colt Defender Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $836.54 $1,093.94 $1,286.99
Excellent $772.19 $1,029.59 $1,158.29
Very Good $707.84 $1,029.59 $1,158.29
Good $643.50 $965.24 $1,093.94
Fair $450.45 $836.54 $1,029.59
Poor $321.75 $643.50 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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